Poached Pear Bistro

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
THE POACHED PEAR BISTRO

Located at 816 Arnold Ave in the beautiful shore community of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

The Poached Pear Bistro is a stylish, yet family friendly, BYO contemporary American restaurant featuring excellent food and reasonable prices in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Chef-owner Scott Giordano, formerly executive chef at Whispers in Spring Lake, NJ, and sous chef at the Saddle River Inn in Saddle River, NJ, and his highly professional kitchen and wait staff are committed to providing patrons with a truly pleasing and memorable dining experience.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I have been here before and was very disappointed in the food. I ordered their signature lobster special. The lobster was raw inside when you got to the middle of the tail, also very chewy. My friend ordered the fish special with artichokes and is was smothered in sauce, the entire dish tasted the same and was very bland. I have enjoyed in the past but not this time . I will try once more in case it was an off night, but at their prices they should be consistent with their food. The service was very good - just disappointed in food quality

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vipGreatBYOBRestaurant
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants in the state. Glad we were able to eat the again before the great restaurant shutdown. I have never had a bad meal or bad service. This time again everything was perfect. Can't wait to go back again.

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vipswan
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A group of girlfriends went in the last Saturday restaurants were to be up and serving . We chose this place because of the great reviews and wanted something special under the circumstances. It was not. There was nothing exactly wrong with any of the food although my risotto was bland. It was just that nothing was outstanding. Same with service. The noise level was deafening as well.

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ProfPi
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service from soup to dessert! Chris, our waitress, was friendly and attentive. She walked us through the specials and offered guidance. We had the mushroom over puffed pastry, asparagus fries, and mushroom soup to start. Each one was delicious! Our main courses were the lobster special with crab cake, lamb shank, & NY steak. Each entree was cooked perfectly, was plentiful, and yummy. We had the bananas foster & gelato for dessert both of which were fabulous. The restaurant gets loud when it's packed but is manageable. Overall we had a terrific first experience at the Poached Pear.

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ecooper05
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a extremely delicious dinner at the Poached Pear. Each dish more beautiful than the next. We thoroughly enjoyed this meal!

JP
JParla
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was off the charts good. Three of us had filet mignon, cooked three different ways and each was done perfectly. Crab cake appetizer was amazing. Love how the entrees came with appropriate sides.

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GuyD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pork chop I've ever eaten. I had it twice now. The crab cake is top-notch. The food is worth the money.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very nice. A little pricey. But worth it.

JI
vipJImmyC
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Celebrating a birthday with 3 generations present, all 6 loved their meals.

JJ
JodiJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great food, great service. Make a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food! Fun evening

JT
JeffT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the poached Pear is absolutely outstanding! Everyone was thrilled with their meal. They went all out to help us celebrate a birthday! Can’t wait to go back again!

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vipJack
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. Well worth the 30 minute trip. We have had dinner at the Poached Pear many times and have always had a great experience with the quality of the food, the attentive staff and the nice ambience. Always a great dinner and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

JW
JeffW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and served with little wait. My steak was cooked perfectly, as were my wife's scallops. The service staff was pleasant and attentive to our needs.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

70th birthday dinner with friends and family. Everyone enjoyed the dinner. All the meals were superb. We originally booked the reservation for 6 people, but was able to increase the reservation to 8 people after calling. The restaurant was very accommodating. We will definitely be recommending The Poached Pear to all our friends and family.

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bobm
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Had dinner on 2/28/2020. I had DUCK BREAST AND FOIE GRAS (hard as a rock, very difficult to cut..ate 50%, did not finish) and my wife had a fish (Haddock??) special that she said was tasteless (ate 1/3rd). Very unhappy as it was her 81st Birthday Dinner.
This was our 2nd visit in the past week. All was good on previous visit on 2/21. December 25 - Feb 14th traveling, no visits. In no hurry to come back after 2/28 disaster.

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vipMarck
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Overall the quality was just not there. Prices are high for average food. Very disappointed. Was good last time I was there. And the menu has not changed for years. Won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent !!!!!
server was so nice
Food was delicious

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Jerseyboy811
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

had the apple brined cowboy porkchop... absolutely the best ever !

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vipRps121475
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome all around, but definitely try the crepe cake!

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vipstefG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious dinner. There were so many great menu choices it was hard to choose!

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Tbone10003
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food in Central Jersey. Being a food allows to to state this.

DR
DianeR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely evening celebrating my husband's birthday. I needed to try the poached pear salad (thus the name) and it did not disappoint. The garlic shrimp appetizer was also delicious. Our entrees of Duck and the Poached Lobster/Crabcake special were very good. Glad to enjoy this place off season because I'm sure it is super crowded in the summer months. Highly recommend.

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DeniseA
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely dining experience . The food was absolutely delicious. We had the veal medallions and banana foster for dessert. It was a Wednesday night date night . Will definitely return with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 16th. I had the burrata and we both had the coffee rubbed steak and mushroom risotto. Both were out of this world! I had the flourless chocolate cake and it was equally delicious. My only suggestion if I were to have one would be to dim the lights a bit more. We drove 45 minutes to get here and would do it again and again. BYOB a plus!

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Mortybowl
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. Had asparagus fries as an appetizer which was novel. We both had fish as a main dish, Corvina and Halibut. Loved both. The Corvina was a special. A bit pricey but worth it. Desserts were great. Had a chocolate mousse cake and crème brulee. Service was impeccable. Would go back any time.

CL
vipCLisa
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love the restaurant, the service has always been good and the food is excellent ! So yummy:)

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Seabreeze
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Poached Pear with a group of friends to celebrate a 70th birthday. My husband and I have been there several times and have never been disappointed. Our four friends were all “first timers”, all thoroughly enjoyed their meals and said they would definitely go back. Great place for a date night, special occasion or friends get together.

JI
vipJImmyC
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! First time here and I will be back in 3 weeks. We started with a grilled octopus and calamari appetizer special and burrata. Amazing. My wife had the lobster special. I had the corvina special. Amazing. Flourless chocolate cake and bread pudding were amazing. Service was excellent and presentation of food was great. Must go! Can’t wait until next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent overall experience! Our waitress Marge went above and beyond making our first experience there a good one. I forgot my wine and she gave us directions and even held our order until I got back. All of the food was top notch! Definitely will be dining again soon!

JG
JudyG
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughters birthday and were very happy with the service and food! Everything was prepared with care and was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambiance was lively despite it being an early reservation in the middle of winter (at the shore). The server was very attentive and did not rush us even though there was a wait. For appetizers we had the jersey corn bisque, the calamari and a mushroom fricasee special with puff pastry. The bisque was the highlight of the evening. It was perfectly sweet and hit the spot on a cold winter evening.
The calamari was also very good; tender with a light cornmeal coating. The mushroom fricasee lacked much flavor. All appetizer portions were surprisingly large.

For entrees, we had the pistachio encrusted salmon and a mahi mahi special with a beurre blanc-type sauce (I do not recall if the waiter called it a beurre blanc sauce, but it seemed like it was that) with artichokes, a few shrimp and other vegetables (squash and onions among others). Both portions of fish were overcooked and a bit dry . The pearled cous cous with the salmon was bland (although my wife requested that the olives be removed, which may have been the cause for that). The mahi mahi, vegetables and pearled cous cous were drowned in the sauce, which made the dish feel as though it was something from a chain restaurant. Had there been less sauce or maybe a lighter sauce, then maybe I would have enjoyed the dish more, but as I said, the fish was also a bit overcooked.

For dessert, we had the flourless chocolate cake and chocolate mousse crepe cake with cappuccinos. Both cakes, and their accompanying gelatos, were delicious.

Overall, I was disappointed with the food given the reputation of the restaurant. I would try it again to see if perhaps we just picked the wrong dishes (I typically order beef, pork or veal, and I am kicking myself for not doing so here), but it is always difficult to return to a restaurant I didn't enjoy all that much when there are a number I love eating at and even more that I would like to try for a first time.

SG
vipSteveG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service highly recommend this
Restaurant.

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vipmglinnell
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Like the food and find it innovative at the Poached Pear. This last time was disappointed in the appetizer (wild mushroom fricassee over puff pastry) that sounded great. It was just okay. Had crab cake as main and it was excellent; would order again. For dessert we shared the bread pudding which was probably the best course that night.

PL
PatriceL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here to celebrate our anniversary. The food and service was outstanding. We will be back. Excellent!!

CJ
vipCJRK
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Poached Pear is a lovely restaurant with excellent food. Our server (I believe his name was Nick) was a very likable, pleasant young man.

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vipKorzo
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a terrific meal for each of the four of us. All appetizers and main courses were really good this Saturday evening.
We have been coming to PPB for many years and will continue to frequent this excellent BYO restaurant.

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vipSUZE
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Atmosphere is very nice. Service was excellent. The Poached Pear Salad was excellent. I had the pork chop which was good. A little overcooked but overall good. My husband had the coffee rubbed steak. He also enjoyed it but noted that is seemed to be missing something. For dessert we had the dark chocolate gelato which was excellent.

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Luis
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All I can say is that we were a party of four. We were seated right on time. Since the moment we sat down we had an amazing experience. Starters, entrees and desserts were all presented in a delicate manner and tasted delicious. Wait staff are extremely courteous and professional . We will definitely go back when visiting our friends that live in Point Pleasant.

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